Strange Bridge Stories

Man in Beige

Location: Keadby (Lincolnshire) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two people walking close to the bridge spotted a man standing upon it, although the figure vanished 'in the blink of an eye'. The man was described as six foot tall and wore a beige raincoat and hat.


White Lady

Location: Kemback (Fife) - Bridge and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female member of the Schivas family was hanged from the bridge after she refused to betray her husband. Her shade was said to haunt the area of her death.


Man in 1930's Clothing

Location: Kenley (Surrey) - Road bridge that crosses the railway line near the station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1994, evening
Further Comments: While walking home, a witness spotted this phantom gentleman walking towards the railway station. The entity appeared to be deep in thought, and as it reached the station, suddenly stopped before dissolving away.


Two of Them

Location: Kilcarry (County Carlow) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tommy Kinsella would cross this bridge every night and told his friends at the local pub he would pass a ghost in the bushes each time. Disbelieving him, one of the men donned a white sheet and hid in a bush close to the bridge. As Kinsella walked past, the man in the bush heard him say, 'my God, there's two of them tonight!'


Drowned

Location: Kilkenny (County Kilkenny) - John's Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty mornings
Further Comments: The bridge collapsed in 1763, the accident sending a crowd of people into the river below and many to their deaths. When there is a slight mist over the river, some believe those who drowned can be seen.


Passenger Train

Location: Killeavy (County Armagh) - Railway line, Barney's Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom train is only seen at a distance and vanishes without trace at Barney's Bridge.


Protective Voice

Location: Kilmarnock (Ayrshire) - Craufurdland bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hoard of treasure is reported to be hidden under the bridge, though if anyone comes too close to discovering it, a voice talks them into leaving the scene empty handed.


Built for a Soul

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale (Cumbria) - Devil's Bridge
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still stands
Further Comments: The Devil built this bridge, in return for the soul of the first who crossed it. Alas for him, a local woman let her dog run across it first, and so Satan left with his new pet. A more recent story concludes by saying that when a new bridge was constructed in 1932, Satan was so upset that he delayed the opening by creating heavy rain, hail, and snowstorms.


Mustard Grinders

Location: Kirkby Stephen (Cumbria) - Skinkrith Bridge and River Eden
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: According to local legend, anyone who places an ear in an opening to the rock can hear a low grumbling that was thought to be employees of the Devil crushing mustard seeds. Jingling Annas also haunts the bridge - her hands reduced to stumps by the manacles she was forced to wear.


Headless Woman

Location: Kirkcudbright (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bridge in the Buckland Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Although frightening, the headless woman on the bridge had a reputation for helping the underdog and was credited for foiling a robbery by scaring the (potential) victim away. It was thought that she had been robbed and murdered close by and was determined to prevent others from suffering the same fate.


Lost Lost Soul

Location: Kirkland (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nothing is known about the ghost which haunted this bridge, other than it no longer does so.


Man walking Dog

Location: Knight Stainforth (Yorkshire) - Bridge in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two shades once haunted a hall, but once the building was destroyed, they took up residence on the village bridge.


Drowned

Location: La Braye du Valle (Guernsey) - Stone bridges known as Le Pont Colliche and Le Pont St Michel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: La Braye du Valle was once a tidal channel, crossable only by using two stone bridges. Over the years, a handful of people have slipped from the bridges and drowned, leaving their ghosts to haunt the area. Le Pont St Michel was additionally haunted by a 'feu bellenger', or Will-o-the-Wisp, and the cries of someone in distress.


Invisible Presence

Location: Lampeter (Dyfed) - Bridge over a small stream near Falcondale Drive
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One person spotted a translucent figure move across their line of vision, while another person heard loud, fast moving footsteps in the woodland as they passed.


Peggy Whooper

Location: Laxton (Nottinghamshire) - Bridge near Bolembeck Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been a woman murdered along the lane, Peggy has since taken great delight in upsetting passing horses, causing them to bolt and throw their riders.


Woman in Black

Location: Lighthorne (Warwickshire) - Bridge in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 December 1996
Further Comments: Said to be a potent of ill omen, this semi-transparent woman wearing a flowing black dress was seen pointing at the rectory.


The Bishop's Lady

Location: Limerick (County Limerick) - Thomond Bridge and Castle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locally named The Bishop's Lady, this woman is said to have been pushed over the bridge by her partner, drowning in the Shannon. She now looks for others to throw over the bridge. Fingernail-like scratches which can be seen in the bridge are said to belong to either the woman herself or one of her victims.


Highwayman

Location: Little Abington (Cambridgeshire) - The Old Cottage and nearby bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to appear around dusk
Further Comments: A figure dressed as a highwayman has been observed in the garden of the building and crossing an old bridge.


Stabbed Bulldog

Location: Littleport (Cambridgeshire) - Bulldog Bridge, which connects Littleport & Shippea Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Dusk
Further Comments: After saving a local girl from a friar who attempted to rape her, the dog was killed by her attacker. It can now be seen crossing the bridge.


Cloaked Figure

Location: Llandrindod Wells (Powys) - Bridge near Disserth church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 June 2008, 22:42h
Further Comments: A figure wearing a cloak with hood was spotted by a driver and his passenger while driving over the bridge.


Horse & Cart

Location: Longham (Dorset) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 July 2012. 04:30h
Further Comments: While overtaking a slow moving lorry, a driver spotted a grey horse and cart to the side of the bridge ahead of him. When the driver reached the bridge, the horse had vanished.


Drunken Fisherman

Location: Lowestoft (Suffolk) - Jubilee Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A drunken sailor, in a vain attempt to impress his girlfriend, tried his hand at balancing on the handrail of the bridge - he failed, fell and died. It is now said his dying moans can be heard when you stand under the bridge.


Viking Raiders

Location: Ludham (Norfolk) - Ludham Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This raiding party appears late at night and heads towards the bridge, blowing hunting horns and cracking whips.


Bottled Ghost

Location: Ludlow (Shropshire) - Dinham Bridge
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dinham Bridge is likely the location where a ghost which had been bottled by a canny ghostbuster was thrown to ensure it did not return.


Untrustworthy Kelpie

Location: Luib, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Bridge (now made of stone) crossing the river Don
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man urgently needed to cross the river here, but the old wooden bridge had been washed away during a storm. A kelpie appeared and offered to ferry the man across. The man accepted the offer, but halfway across the kelpie tried to toss the man from its back and drown him. The man hung on for his life, and after some minutes managed to jump to the opposite bank. Enraged, the kelpie threw a rock after the man, which missed. The stone stood near the bridge for many years, until broken up and used for construction.


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